Obesity is a serious health problem affecting dogs. It is associated with a shorter lifespan, higher incidence of pancreatitis, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and orthopaedic disorders. An association with a higher incidence of certain cancers was also observed. Of all dog breeds, Labradors have the highest rate of obesity and the highest motivation for food. A genetic change responsible for an increased tendency to obesity has also been discovered in this breed. The discovered genetic change is associated with higher body weight, greater motivation for food and obesity. It occurs more often among assistance dogs.

Inheritance: multifactorial

Mutation: POMC gene

Genetic test: The method used for genetic testing is extremely accurate and allows complete differentiation between affected animals, carriers and healthy dogs. DNA testing can be done at any age.

Disease control: read more

DNA test sample: EDTA whole blood (1.0 ml) or buccal swabs. Detailed information about sampling can be found here.


54.00 €

  • You can order free sampling kit.
  • Only one sample is required for each animal, even if you order several tests.
  • Samples are stored for the option to order additional tests.
  • We offer expert assistance in interpreting the results.
Suitable for breeds
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